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BTP Scotland officers to join Scotland’s biggest pride celebration

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Rainbow flags at the ready! We’re getting ready for Scotland’s biggest PRIDE event this year. 

From welcoming arriving PRIDE attendees to Glasgow train stations, as well as joining the parade, we are getting ready for a busy weekend. 

Pride Glasgow is Scotland’s largest LGBTi festival and 16 officers from BTP Scotland will join in the festivities. Our officers will also be at stations throughout Glasgow, talking to and greeting those attending the event. 

Officers will be on hand to reassure the public, and help make sure it is an event to remember. 

We’ll also be promoting our #WeStandTogether campaign, aimed at eradicating hate crime from the rail network. 

No one should ever be targeted because of who they love. Our message is clear, whoever you are and whoever you love, you should be welcomed and free to travel without being targeted. 

Officers will be out at Glasgow Central, Queen Street and other key railway locations across the network to ensure everyone gets to and from PRIDE safely.

Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent John McBride from British Transport Police, said: “PRIDE is one of those incredible events that brings people together. Whoever you love, whatever their gender, PRIDE is about celebrating diversity. 

“This year, we are thrilled to be joining the parade through Glasgow City Centre. Our officers and staff will be joining the parade and will have their flag waving hands at the ready.  We want everyone attending to have an amazing time and will be on hand should anyone need us.” 

For the first time in Scotland, BTP officers will take part in the parade wearing rainbow epaulettes. We will also be bringing out specially decorated #WeStandTogether vehicle, which aims to help to spread or anti-hate crime campaign message. 

C/Supt McBride added: “If you experience a hate crime on the rail network then we would actively encourage you to come forward and report it. Please report it by sending a text to us discreetly on 61016 or call or control room on 0800 40 50 40. Our officers will then investigate.” 

“To all those attending Pride Glasgow this year, I would like to wish you a happy Pride.”
 

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